Armed Forces: Tough Man, Tough Job


To many Pentagon stargazers, Lieut. General William Westmoreland has long looked like a future Army Chief of Staff. And he almost certainly will be if he succeeds in the thankless job he got last week. He is the new U.S. military-assistance commander in South Viet Nam. Since January, "Westy" Westmoreland, 50, had been deputy to General Paul Harkins, who, after his experiences, must look forward to retirement Aug. 1.

Where most of Harkins' army career was spent in administrative jobs, Westmoreland is an elite combat officer. A South Carolina native, he attended The Citadel for...

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